Santos coach Muricy Ramalho has finally broken silence on speculation surrounding the future of his star player Neymar. Muricy Ramalho believes the young Brazilian football prodigy should snub the transfer offer from Chelsea and head to Spain for Barcelona.
Following months of rumors linking Neymar to top notch clubs around Europe, Muricy Ramalho refused to part his lips on what was going on within the club on Neymar’s transfer saga. Muricy Ramalho understands that a move abroad is on the cards for Neymar in the near future, therefore he has advised the Brazil international to partner up with Lionel Messi in the Catalan attack force.
Neymar, who is widely acclaimed as the one of the most talented players of his generation, attracted a lot of attention from top notch clubs across Europe last summer. Actually, interest in him from European football powerhouses has been on the rise for the last couple of year, but Neymar got closest to a switch last summer.
Rife rumors suggested Neymar and Santos had agreed to a gentleman’s contract for a transfer deal with Barcelona. Santos manager and president denied such reports, but the secret meetings of both clubs were no longer a secret. The 20-year-old Brazilian forward soon afterwards declared that it had always been his dream to play for Barcelona.
A switch to Barcelona seemed imminent when all of a sudden Chelsea, who had just won the Champions League, arrived to the scene a huge transfer bid and a lucrative salary package for Neymar. Chelsea’s arrival completely disrupted Barcelona’s transfer progress and in this disarray the summer transfer window closed.
A winter move for Barcelona’s end seems unlikely, but Chelsea’s interest in Neymar might force them to enter the transfer market yet again. In a recent interview Neymar expressed desire to stay at Santos till the 2014 World Cup. Apparently, Neymar plans on repeating Pele’s feat of leading Brazil to World Cup glory, however, money and the chance to play against top teams in the world could be too much to resist for Neymar.
“Neymar is among the top five players in the world, and he will be even better after the 2014 World Cup,” Muricy Ramalho said. “To see Neymar and [Lionel] Messi together at Barca would be the most beautiful thing in football.
Barcelona have shot down reports suggesting they finalized a transfer agreement with Neymar in recent history, but they did confess interest in signing him. Reports suggest Barcelona are going to table a € 40million bid when the transfer window opens in January. Meanwhile, Muricy Ramalho reckons the tactics and style of play at Barcelona will complement Neymar’s game-play.
“Barcelona is very much like Santos, we like playing football with the ball. Barcelona is the best team for Neymar. Currently, it is the best for him, because Real Madrid plays a different type of football,” Muricy Ramalho added.
“The path for Neymar should be Europe after the World Cup. Neymar should choose the right club, and he is the best for Barcelona.”